Fania Records was founded 50 years ago in New York by Dominican bandleader Johnny Pacheco with the business savvy of Lawyer Jerry Masucci with a focus on latin music bringing salsa to different stages. Legends such as Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Ray Barreto, the Fania All Stars and many more have built Fania’s history ruling the latin music scene in New York during the 70’s. Their music legacy has spread world wide becoming an icon for many of today’s producers.
Subsuelo, the global bass ambassadors in Los Angeles, joining forces with Fania Records, celebrated this half of a century with a special performance of the Boogaloo Assasins, the West Coast’s modern answer to New York City’s Latin music explosion of the late 1960s. The Assassins took over the entire stage of Eastside Luv (if you’ve been there, you know space is tight) handling the show from on top of the bar like pros. Their own style of Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, Latin Funk, Guajira, Cha-Cha, Pachanga, Son Montuno y mucho más took over the night turning it into a hot and steamy dance floor (just how I like it). As very special treat, DJ Captain Planet warmed up the night sharing his and Subsuelo resident Canyon Cody’s new remix for Fania, Pun Pun Catalu by Celia Cruz & Willie Colon.
If you were not there, make sure to eventually land at Subsuelo, is hot, friendly, fun, and it happens every third Wednesday of the month at Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights.
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